How To Be A Sassy, Smart, And Slick Shopper
How To Be A Sassy, Smart, And Slick Shopper
It’s all about making sure you get the best deal possible, isn’t it? Shopping is hard work but if you use a few good tips before your purchase, you can get the best deals! I always like to think about my purchases first before shopping. Yes, there are times when I impulse shop, but those times are far and few between now that I’m armed with some good rules. Here are some rules I like to follow before shopping.
Practice the 4Ws: Why do you need it? Where will you put it? What will you use it for? Who will use it? These are all good questions to ask and allows you to put into practice some good habits too.
Use Cash Avoid Plastic: If I want something badly enough, I make sure I have the cash on hand. Plastic is far too tempting and you could get yourself into some deep debt if you don’t have self-control
Prioritize Your Needs Vs. Your Wants: Do you need it, or do you want it? I make sure I ask myself that question directly after the 4w’s. Sure, you can justify why you need it, but you really need it?
Benchmark Everything!: This is one of my most powerful rules to follow. In the past, if I saw something I wanted to buy I wouldn’t do much comparison shopping – possibly look at a two brands or models and quickly make a decision. Not anymore. Now, I research and take as much time as I need before my purchase. I use to pressure myself into thinking I had to make a decision quickly and for no good reason quite frankly. Let me give you one good example.
Clipping Coupons: So there is no big surprise here. We all clip coupons right? I decided to check the sources I was clipping them from. I primarily use the internet, newspapers, and local flyers, but I wanted to make sure I was covering all aspects of where I could get coupons. I realized I wasn’t emailing the companies directly. Did you know you could do that? I’d say, most companies will reply back with coupon offers. There are times when I can’t find a coupon through my regular sources so emailing the company directly really pays off!
If I make sure I go through my checklist and practice the 4Ws, I pretty much save money and get the products I need!
So, point being, next time you are shopping be sure you do your homework and research as much as you can.
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Very good points Carolann. I’m not much of an impulse shopper anymore although I used to be. Glad your enjoying you new ipad keyboard hope you were able to return the other.
Thanks for the savvy shopping tips. I’m spending too much at the grocery store these days. I need to keep your suggestions in the forefront so that I don’t go crazy throwing every delicious looking thing into my cart. Enjoy your keyboard. It sounds very useful.
A shopping strategy!!! I LOVE it! Such good ideas and times savers. Thanks for this share!
I’ve definitely become a smarter shopper over time although I really dislike doing research! I love the idea of the 4Ws but I will always pay for everything on my credit card. Those points have gotten us to Europe for free and have made me a smart shopper :)
One of the reasons I don’t have an Ipad is that I thought about why I would need it and realized I didn’t. Yep, think first!
Great post about how to be a smart shopper. Husband and I have made some dumb mistakes in the past, but overall have learned how to be smarter shoppers using these kind of ideas too. He is an avid believer in checking consumer reports and when he finds something he is looking for, checks to see if Amazon has it cheaper.
Like so many of your posts- I think your ‘rules’ could well apply to LIFE, as well. I think you’re a closeted philosopher!
Smart tips! Thank you. My biggest question when shopping lately is “Want or Need?” Wants lose, needs win. For now.
Great points on shopping! Like the 4 â€œWâ€s! I want the keyboard now…. ha!
thanks much Patti – all we can do is try lol
Thanks much Lisa, Yes, I agree. There are times when “want” just had to lose out! Have a great weekend!
Thanks much Cheryl – your kind words made my day! Have a wonderful weekend!
Yep, I do love my Ipad it’s great for travel that’s for sure, but so expensive! Have a great weekend Carol!
See that’s the thing, you have to pay them off as soon as the bill comes for sure. Love your posts on Europe looks like a blast! Have a great weekend Lois!
Thanks Tammy, it’s tough for all of who love to shop, but they are great rules to go by. Have a great weekend!
Hi Karen, oh yes, the grocery store is so expensive as of late. It’s good to go when your not hungry of course lol. Have a great weekend!
Thanks much Ruth! It’s so difficult on those of us who love to shop but following those simple rules does make it easier! Have a great weekend!
Me either Anj – I wasn’t able to return it, but I’m going to give it to someone I know can use it. Have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks much Sue. It’s so hard being a good shopper. We did too – I think we’ve all made mistake and the key is learning from them. Yes, benchmarking products is certainly the smart thing to do! Have a great weekend!
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